Friday deadline for barber and beauty competition entries

March 22, 2017
Contributed Gillian Hyde (right), general manger of JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL) listens as Kaydie-Ann Brown, winning hairdresser in the JNSBL Barber and Beauty Battle 2016 competition, speaks about her experiences in the contest.

Entries for the third Barber, Beauty Battle and Expo hosted by JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL) competition, close this Friday.

The finale is scheduled for May 7, 2017 and will have increased prize money for make-up and nail technicians.

The third edition follows the success of the previous two, which inspired a host of barbers, hairdressers, nail technicians and cosmetologists islandwide.

“JNSBL has decided to make the competition an annual event, based on the feedback from participants and the positive experiences which they and the winners have enjoyed," said Gillian Hyde, general manager of JNSBL.

Hyde said the winners of the make-up and nail technician categories will each receive $300,000, second place winners will receive $100,000 each, while third place will pocket $70,000 each.

Participants will also get financial planning seminars and the HEART Trust/NTA assessment towards their certification.

"Our objective is to influence more persons in the barber and beauty sectors to refine their skills, improve service quality and delivery and upgrade their operations through the management skills gleaned from seminars," Hyde stated.

She noted that these enhancements will increase their ability to secure loans for expansion of their businesses. 

Last year, Marlon Phillips won the barber category, while Shaphawa Hylton, took the make-up section. Kadie-Ann Brown placed first in the hairdresser category, and Marsha-Gay Edwards clinched the nail technician segment.

To enter, industry professionals are invited to submit the best 'before and after' photographs of their work. 

The top entrants will move on to the second round of the competition, in which members of the public will be requested to "like" their work on Facebook. 

Finally, the six remaining persons in each category will compete at the Expo, competing against last year’s winners for the 2017 championships. 

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